Pastor's Letter - August 2015
In case you havenâ€™t heard, the ELCA Youth Gathering occurred in July in Detroit, Michigan. Approximately 30,000 youth from the United States as well as youth from other a few other countries attended and enjoyed worship, fellowship, Bible study and service opportunities. Although we did not have youth attend from Lord of Life, I attempted to keep many of you on social media updated on what was happening through pictures and postings of those in attendance.
It was an awesome phenomenon to behold from afar. Not only did I see pictures of youth dancing and singing and working hard, but I also saw articles written by a local newspaper reporting on this mass of young people in colorful shirts invading their city. And although there were mixed reactions from the locals at first (some complaining because the buses for the Gathering were backing up traffic), in the end, there were many who were grateful for the efforts and enthusiasm of the youth for this city.
Deadline Detroit writer Alan Stamm provided good coverage of the Youth Event. I shared some of his articles on Facebook and Twitter. One of his final articles on the event, â€œDetroiters Embrace Visiting Lutheran Teens for 'Your Good Work for Our Area'â€ shared some comments made by Detroit residents:
Thank you for all of those who were kind, sweet and worked really hard. I am disabled and live in a neighborhood you helped. I even got joy at waving good-bye to buses pulling away. -- Nancy Teatro
Thank you for planting faith, hope and belief into communities that have had such little hope and expectations that they would ever bear witnesses to this in their community!! -- James Dodsworth
Kids like you give people hope for a better future.â€ -- Pam Conrad
Good things are happening with the next generation! We continue to look for ways to walk with all our youth as they grow in faith. We also look for ways to walk with hurting communities like Detroit or like Youngstown that they know that hope still exists.
Fri 19 Pastor's Sabbath
Sat 20 Worship Service
Our alternative worship service
Sun 21 Worship Service
Our traditional worship service